Where is it?: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Why do people go here?: Home of the five spice girls, who churn out hits like no other: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and mace. The island also boasts beautiful scenery and beaches galore, with some of the best fishing in the Caribbean.
What are the main entry points?: There are some small boats from nearby islands, but flights from the US or the UK into Saint George are the way to go.
Currency used: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Country Code: 1-473
Religion: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%
Ethnic Breakdown: Black 82%, mixed black and European 13%, European and East Indian 5% , and trace of Arawak/Carib Amerindian
Government: Parliamentary Democracy under Constitutional Monarchy
Languages: English (official), French patois
Major Cities: Saint George’s
Attractions: Fishing, Spice, Saint George
Accommodation: Grenada Hostels
Tourism Office locations and links: Grenada- Tourist Board Carenage St. George, Grenada +1-809-440-2279, 2001;; FAX +1-809-440-2123;
Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Summer is the wet season, but August hosts Carnival, the island’s biggest event.
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 7 February (1974)
Getting Around: Bus it, mini style
Good to know: Book rooms far in advance of the August Carnival
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Grenada is the Point Salines International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Grenada travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.